Sunday 23rd October – New Forest anniversary walk   Leave a comment

Five years ago Margaret and I independently joined the Nexus organisation in the hope of meeting some new friends and widening our social horizons. Through a newsletter article called ‘icebreakers’ we exchanged details and communicated for a while by e-mail and phone. On 25th October 2006 we met for the first time for a walk (in pouring rain) by the river at Beaulieu and dried out in the local tea rooms. The rest as they say is history. Where possible we return at this time of year to visit Beaulieu and call in at the same tea room.

We have also been following the coast path eastwards through Hampshire. Today we set off from just east of Lymington, however the coast path diverts inland, not reaching the sea until Hythe. We hiked 8 miles ending at Beaulieu and will do the Beaulieu to Hythe section another day.

The route is mainly along lanes but passed some picturesque spots...




..... like Sowley Pond

Much of the area is taken up with large private estates, hence the lack of footpaths.




Eventually you reach the old ship building site of Buckler's Hard....




..... and follow the Beaulieu River......




... through ancient woodland....




.... to the charming town of Beaulieu.




After the obligitory visit to the tea rooms we returned to the car by taxi.

Posted October 24, 2011 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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